Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

"The Bug" Photo-etch Workstation

Published: January 1st, 2009     
"The Bug" Photo-etch Workstation
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: The Small Shop

Photo-etch bending could sound intimidating but it shouldn't, particularly if you have the right tools for it. The Small Shop has designed "The Bug" to be the one-stop photo-etch bending tool. The tool is very well designed; compact, versatile, easy to use and made of aircraft grade aluminum.

The rotating head has a 2-inch straight edge for long bending lines, a "swiss comb" side with 6 "teeth" for boxes, and a variety of fixtures to fold parts of different sizes and material strengths, or for scratch built handles. All of these in a compact 2x2.5 inch base. It should be mentioned that some of hold-down fingers are reinforced for bending thicker brass, while others designed for thinner, more delicate parts. It is a nice touch from the Small Shop to include a razor blade (used for folding) with the tool.

The 5-Speed Hold & Fold Workstation

Published: January 1st, 2009     
The 5-Speed Hold & Fold Workstation
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: The Small Shop

I would like to thank Julie Lockwood for this review sample.

I would consider myself to be very experienced working with photo etched parts, having added them to armor, aircraft and ship models. In fact I love the challenge of working with the media. Up until now, however, I have roughed it, being content working the metal with a few pairs of pliers, scrap dowel, a steel rule, a no. 11 knife blade and a scrap piece of acrylic. In fact, I have turned up my nose at the fancy PE folding tools on the market. So Julie Lockwood of Kalama Precision Machine may not have realized that she was throwing down a challenge when she asked me to review some of their latest PE working tools. Suddenly, I was in the lion's den ... alone.

Standard Rolling Set

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Standard Rolling Set
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Company: The Small Shop

The Small Shop, the makers of the "Hold-n-Fold" photo-etch workstation, have added a new tool to their lineup, the "Standard Rolling Set".

This set comes with a milled aluminum base and a total of twelve rollers in metal and wood.

  • Wood - 3/4", 5/8", 1/2", 7/16", 3/8", 5/16", 1/4" & 3/16"
  • Steel - 0.125", .09375", .078" & .0625"

The milled base has a series of rounded cutouts that many of the smaller rollers will fit into. The base is not needed for the larger diameter rollers.

Standard Photo Etch Cut-Off Set

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Standard Photo Etch Cut-Off Set
Reviewed by: Robert Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: The Small Shop

What You Get in the Bag

The Photo Etch Part Cut-Out Kit is packaged in a simple poly bag containing 3 black 3/32 inch-thick Plexiglas square tiles just shy of 4 inches on each edge, 1 clear 3/8 inch diameter Plexiglas rod 1 inch long, and 1 clear 3/32 inch thick Plexiglas tile measuring 1 by 1.5 inches. The rod has a slight chamfer (a 45 degree cut that softens the edge) on one end, and one long edge of the small clear tile is also chamfered. A one page instruction and description sheet is included. All of the parts were loose in the bag, but the black tile had protective paper to protect the finish.

How Does the Thing Work Anyway?

Now that the dry descriptive part of the review is out of the way, the operational part of this neat little tool is really quite delightful. The Small Shop makes an impressive variety of photo-etch tools, and the cut-out kit is intended to be used in conjunction with other tools offered in the same line. It is important to note that the kit will work just fine without any additional co-purchases.

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